The National Wildlife Federation

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Did Not Report

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Pottstown Borough

Pottstown, PA

Stephanie Henrick


Pledge Summary

Our community is a historic community dating back to 1752 and has been an industrial community for the past 120 years. Like most urban areas in our country, Pottstown has seen struggles over the last 40 years, yet is populated by residents who have a spirit, vibrancy and commitment to community improvement both in terms of physical infrastructure, as well as quality of life for its residents. An important part of that community improvement is through the existence of our five community gardens which are managed by a local nonprofit known as Mosaic Community Land Trust. These five gardens are located in the heart of a food dessert and provide residents the access to grow their own healthy produce. Harvesting between 6500-7000 pounds on an annual basis, these gardens not only feed the community. but also provide a green space sanctuary in an urban setting for residents to gather, learn and grow. Each of the five gardens are filled with plants to attract monarchs and pollinators, including a 50 sq ft. butterfly garden located on site of the community garden at Barth Elementary School. In addition to the gardens, Pottstown also hosts an annual garden contest that encourages and rewards residents to improve their yards and enhance community beautification. For the past five years, this contest has included a "Bees and Butterfly" category that encourages residents to have gardens that will attract pollinators and monarchs. These continued efforts are what makes our town committed to conversation as we enhance our community.

Community Spotlight

Action Items Committed for 2022

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a Proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Add or maintain native milkweed and nectar producing plants in community gardens.

Systems Change

  • Direct city property managers to consider the use of native milkweed and nectar plants at city properties where possible.